Château Bellevue La Randée 2009
Proprietaire a Galgon
45% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc.
To begin with, the color of this wine is an astonishingly dense, black garnet. A burnished, earthy red. One is immediately treated to spicy plum & licorice on the nose, followed in time with the subtlest undercurrent of caramel. Excellent red fruits of cassis, currant & plum along with lush fig and truffles create a beautifully soft mouth feel. As it opens, dark chocolate overtones. Subtle perfume. Coffee liqueur. With generous amounts of earth and well balanced tannins, this 2009 vintage is expressive & powerful, and an amazing value. I love this wine!
One must always try a wine on day 2 or 3 (if possible!) to see how it holds up.
La Randée truly opened up even more with time and I suspect this vintage would be a good one for the cellar! Enjoy with a luscious beef stew ... or boeuf bourguignon in true French style!
This wine may be found at Old Port Wine Merchants, 223 Commercial St., Portland, ME.